Physical Education Position Statements

The Essential Components of Physical Education New!

SHAPE America's Position: SHAPE America has defined the four essential components of physical education: policy and environment, curriculum, appropriate practices and student assessment.

High-Quality Physical Education: How Does Your Program Rate?
Instructional Framework for Fitness Education in Physical Education
How Can I Demonstrate to My Building Principal That I Am an Effective Physical Education Teacher?
Physical Education Is Critical to Educating the Whole Child

SHAPE America's Position: Physical education is critical to educating the whole child, and that all students in grades K-12 should receive physical education on a daily basis.

Code of Conduct for P-12 Physical Education Teachers

SHAPE America's Position: It is the position of the SHAPE America that each physical education professional is responsible for achieving competency of integrity of practice as demonstrated through respectful behaviors toward students and colleagues.

Highly Qualified Adapted Physical Education Teacher
CDC Executive Summary of BMI Measurement in Schools

SHAPE America's Position: Although SHAPE America does not offer a position on the use of Body Mass Index (BMI) in school settings, SHAPE America supports the recommendations set forth by the CDC

Opportunity to Learn Guidelines
Appropriate Uses of Fitness Measurement

SHAPE America's Position: This position statement outlines key guidelines for ensuring the proper use of fitness measurement in relation to national standards and developmentally appropriate instruction.

Eligibility Criteria for Adapted Physical Education Services

SHAPE America's Position: students be considered eligible for adapted pe services if their comprehensive score is 1.5 standard deviations below the mean on a norm-referenced test or other tests of physical and motor fitness

Scope and Sequence of Fitness Education for PreK-12 Programs
A Position on Minimal Skill and Fitness-Based Competencies for Pre-Service Physical Educators

SHAPE America's Position: assessment of teacher candidates’ physical skills, performance competence and health related fitness to ensure best practices in Physical Education Teachers Education programs.

What is a Teacher Work Sample
Appropriate Instructional Practice Guidelines, K-12:A Side-by-Side Comparison
Code of Ethics for Professionals in Higher Education

SHAPE America's Position: Professionals should treat each student’s suggestion(s) with respect, regardless of the student’s level of development.

Appropriate Use of Instructional Technology in Physical Education

SHAPE America's Position: Technology can be an effective tool for supplementing instruction when used appropriately.

Appropriate Maximum Class Length for Elementary Physical Education

SHAPE America's Position: The length of the daily class period was described as “appropriate to the needs and maturation of the learner” with 30 minutes as the suggested minimum.

Physical Education Teacher Evaluation Tool
College/University Physical Activity Instruction Programs

SHAPE America's Position: All colleges and universities uphold a physical activity instructional program for students as a strong and integral part of the academic curriculum.

Initial Guidelines for Online Physical Education

SHAPE America's Position: At this point in time, online physical education is an exciting and attractive, yet untested, alternative method to delivering quality physical education.

What Constitutes a Highly Qualified Physical Education Teacher

SHAPE America's Position: It is critical to have highly qualified physical education teachers delivering a standards-based curriculum that will assist children in adopting and maintaining healthy lifestyles.

Top 10 Reasons for Quality Physical Education
Teaching Large Class Sizes in Physical Education
Position on Dodgeball in Physical Education

SHAPE America's Position: Dodgeball is not an appropriate activity for K-12 school physical education programs

Opposing Substitution and Waiver/Exemptions For Required Physical Education

SHAPE America's Position: All K-12 students should take all required physical education courses and that no substitutions, waivers, or exemptions should be permitted.

Educating the Whole Child & Reducing Childhood Obesity
What Constitutes a Quality Physical Education Program

SHAPE America's Position: Every student in our nation's schools, from kindergarten through grade 12, should have the opportunity to participate in quality physical education.

Physical Activity and Fitness Recommendations for Physical Activity Professionals

SHAPE America's Position: Participation in regular physical activity at a level sufficient to promote health-related physical fitness is an essential behavior for professionals in all fields of physical activity at all levels.

Co-Curricular Physical Activity and Sport Programs for Middle School Students

SHAPE America's Position: All middle school students should have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of organized sports and physical activities through intramurals, clubs, and school-sponsored co-curricular programs.

Physical Education is Critical to a Complete Education

SHAPE America's Position: Physical education plays a critical role in educating the whole student. Research supports the importance of movement in educating both mind and body.

Cooper Institute FITNESSGRAM Reference Guide

SHAPE America's Position: SHAPE America currently does not have an established standard for professionals when taking BMI readings of students in their setting. BMI is one of the tests used in FITNESSGRAM, the assessment component of Physical Best curriculum.

CDC - Assessing Your Weight

SHAPE America's Position: Although SHAPE America does not offer a position on the use of Body Mass Index (BMI) in school settings, SHAPE America supports the recommendations set forth by the CDC

Looking at Physical Education from a Developmental Perspective: A Guide to Teaching

SHAPE America's Position: The document centers on developmentally appropriate physical education practices for elementary school-aged children. Similar documents are being developed for teachers of preschool- and middle school-aged children.